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Civil servant suspended for stealing in Ondo

Ondo State Government has suspended a yet-to-be identified civil servant for employing his wife and placing her on level 14.

WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that the wife reportedly did not attend any interview neither was the government aware of her employment but she was collecting salary.

This was disclosed by the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on Special Duties, Doyin Adebowale he paraded 25 civil servants for offences including stealing millions of naira, employment racketeering and including fictitious names on the payroll.

An official of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) was also suspended for allegedly stealing N104million from the coffers of SUBEB.

While addressing newsmen, Adebowale disclosed that the suspended civil servants would be prosecuted.

He said that they were caught due to reforms carried out by the Head of Service, Mr. Alex Aragbaye.

Adebowale said: “We are here because of certain suspects the governor directed that we should prosecute. In the civil service, there has been this stealing going on undetected. They do it in several ways, especially through the staff list.

“We have people that imputed fictitious figures into the payroll. When the new head of service got into office, he put in place certain reforms to make us know those in the service.

“We discovered that certain elements, whose names appeared on the workers’ list, were never employed. A particular man employed his wife and placed her on level 14. She never attended interview and she has been collecting salary.

“One of them moved N104 million out of SUBEB account. We have other instances of other millions of naira moved. These are pure stealing. They have been suspended. They will be prosecuted and made to face disciplinary action.”

 
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